Bishop Lackey reminded the House that, at the June 1983 meeting of the House, Archbishop Hambidge, Archbishop Seaborn and he were appointed as a Task Force to study the matter of members of the Canadian Forces who wish to pursue the ordained ministry, and the place of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination].
That the written report be accepted as the working guidelines for the Canadian Forces personnel.
"When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
(1) The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
(2) The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
(3) If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
(4) The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop or until accepted into the Forces.
(5) If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered. CARRIED #3-2-84
The question of financial assistance for ACPO from the Armed Forces was raised.
Bishop Hatton, Bishop Ordinary to the Forces, distributed a Statement of Receipts and Disbursements of the Canadian Forces Chapel Offerings and a statement regarding the Ivor Norris Memorial Bursaries.
A paper by the Rev. Eric T. Reynolds entitled "Jurisdiction and Ordinariate in a Military Context" was distributed for study and reflection. Bishop Hatton reviewed the paper and invited comments.
That this House of Bishops reaffirm the decision taken at the November, 1990, meeting of the House of Bishops that the title of the jurisdiction of the Bishop Ordinary should be "Anglican Ordinariate in Canada." CARRIED
Bishop Hatton said that he is now Chair of the Canadian Council of Churches Chaplaincy Committee. This committee is to meet in the Fall with the Minister of National Defence.
The Primate reminded the House that the above noted title was approved at the November, 1990 meeting of the House.
Moved by: Bishop Morgan
Seconded by: Bishop Wood
That this House revert to the name Chaplaincy to the Canadian Forces.
That this motion be tabled and that Bishop Hatton be requested to suggest an appropriate title before the Convening Circular of General Synod is prepared. CARRIED
Bishop Hatton distributed terms of reference and the job description of the Bishop Ordinary. He described the changing nature of the work of the Bishop Ordinary, indicating that he hopes to place emphasis on pastoral work with chaplains and their families, and Anglicans on the bases. He said that if confirmations were taken by the bishop of the diocese in which the base is located, closer ties with the dioceses could be established. Bishop Hatton said that Anglicans who live on bases are concerned about the remote possibility of being elected as members of diocesan, Provincial or General Synods.
Bishop Matthews distributed and read out the writing group's most recent draft of the bishops' pastoral statement, "A message to the Anglican Church of Canada" on the topic of blessing same sex unions. Questions and comments from the floor were invited. Discussion followed. The bishops had run out of meeting time and so it was agreed that the document should continue to be worked on. Generally it was agreed that it was preferable to offer a pastoral statement, but not appropriate to deliver a canonical response.
We entrust completion of the House of Bishops' document "A Message to the Anglican Church of Canada" to its authors and that it be forwarded to the House of Bishops for their final input. CARRIED HB Res. 04-04-07
[Niagara Falls, Ont.] Apr, 20, 2007 -- To Canadian Anglicans, from the House of Bishops
Brothers and sisters in Christ
The House of Bishops met at Mount Carmel retreat center in Niagara Falls from Tuesday April 17 to Friday April 20. We write this letter to the Canadian Church so that Anglicans will know what we did and how the meeting was for us. As has been our custom for the last while, we devoted the first part of our days together to prayer and Bible study.
This, our last meeting of the triennium was an appropriate time for us to be blessed by a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. His Grace was with us for less than 24 hours, but his presence was a significant and valued gift. He lead us in prayer and conducted a retreat on the theme of apostolic ministry during which he delivered a number of reflections that gave us profound insights into our ministries and how we do them. We found the Archbishop of Canterbury’s humility, wisdom and humour filling both intellectually and spiritually. During breaks in the day, Dr. Williams met with the bishops of all four ecclesiastical provinces. His time with us was spirit-filled and especially important to us on the eve of a General Synod where many important decisions will be made and where a new Primate will be elected and installed. His reflections set the tone for our meeting.
We also heard from several other people whose presence and ministries enrich us.
Bishop Mark MacDonald joined us for the first time since his appointment earlier this year as National Indigenous Bishop and he spoke stirringly about a life spent in ministry with indigenous peoples. He spoke to us of how and where native people see God. He gave us a vision of a new partnership with indigenous people. He told us that the kind of renewed church that can emerge from this partnership will be very different, though exactly what it will look like we cannot yet know. Bishop MacDonald expressed a strong commitment to work with us towards that future.
Bishop Peter Coffin, who will soon retire as Bishop of Ottawa but who remains with us as Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces, spoke to us of spending Easter with Canadian troops in Afghanistan, at a time when there were several Canadian casualties. Bishop Coffin personifies the importance of this ministry at a critical time in world affairs.
We heard from Bishop Philip Poole who, with Bishop Coffin, attended the TEAM (Towards Effective Anglican Mission) conference in South Africa, an experience which Bishop Poole said moved him to tears. The conference examined how churches are responding to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Bishop Poole said he was profoundly stirred by the energy and joy that the people he met bring to being church despite their very difficult circumstances. The gathering, he said, brought home to him, the many valuable ministries of the church.
We spent much of our time in consideration of the primacy, both what it has been and what it can become and, for this purpose, we were joined by former Bishop of Ottawa John Baycroft who presented us with a valuable reflection on a primacy rooted in Episcopal ministry and on different ways in which that ministry can be exercised. He spoke to us of the past as a means of envisioning a future for this crucial ministry.
As part of our discussion on the primacy, we agreed overwhelmingly to ask the General Synod when it gathers in June to establish a task force made up of members of the Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity “to undertake a detailed and comprehensive study of the nature, role, duties and authority of the Primate” and if necessary to recommend changes to the Canon on the primacy for consideration at the General Synod in 2010.
Wednesday evening, we attended a dinner with Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, our Primate, and his wife Lois, so that we could express our profound appreciation for his three-year ministry as Primate. Archbishop Andrew’s leadership of the church and his chairing of our house in the past three years bear eloquent witness to his passionate dedication to the principles of communication and reconciliation. He began his primacy by saying he would “bring people to the table” and he has strived consistently to do so.
We spent much of the following day in prayerful consideration of possible successors to Archbishop Hutchison, our 12th Primate, and as a result of these deliberations, we will submit a list of four nominees to the General Synod. They are Bishop Bruce Howe of Huron, Bishop Fred Hiltz of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Bishop George Bruce of Ontario and Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton.
As we considered candidates for the primatial election, news reached us of a death in the family of Bishop Bruce who was therefore obliged to leave us before the end of our gathering. We pray for him, for his family and for his deceased daughter-in-law.
We devoted a significant amount of time to a discussion of a statement from the bishops of Rupert’s Land about the resolutions on same-sex blessings produced by the Council of General Synod for the consideration of the General Synod. We also heard a substantive presentation by bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario about how we as bishops should prepare for the outcome of the vote by General Synod on this issue, regardless of what that decision might be. We agreed that we as bishops must be prepared to offer a pastoral response regardless of the outcome of the vote at General Synod.
On our last day together we worked on a draft statement to members of the General Synod and to members of the church that offers pastoral responses to a decision on the blessing of same-sex unions. This document will be developed further by its authors and will then be submitted to members of the House for approval by email and, we hope, for inclusion in the Convening Circular.
The Acting Primate spoke of the great contribution made by each of the bishops deceased since the last meeting. Prayer of thanksgiving for their lives and work, and commendation of their souls to Gods's keeping was offered.
The Chairman noted the absence of Archbishop Clark and spoke of the magnitude of his labours while he had served the Church as Primate. The Chairman welcomed the new members of the House.
"That this House express its congratulations to Bishop Appleyard on his appointment as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces." CARRIED
The Bishop of Toronto welcomed the House to his See City and to the Diocesan Centre.
It was noted that the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces is not included in the Cycle of Prayer and agreed that dioceses should be asked to include the Bishop Ordinary in prayers on the same day as the Diocese of Ottawa. This should be pointed out to the producer of the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, with the request that the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces be included in the future.
That this House of Bishops approve `Anglican Ordinariate of Canada' as the name of the jurisdiction of the Bishop Ordinary. CARRIED
That this Executive Council expresses its appreciation of the work of our Chaplains in the Armed Services and sends its greetings to them, and its best wishes for God's continued blessing upon them in their important ministry, and would further couple with this resolution a warm tribute to the Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, Bishop of Brandon, on the devoted and able leadership he provides to this area of the Church's mission as our Bishop Ordinary to the forces. CARRIED
Archbishop Seaborn reported that between September, 1980 and September, 1981 he visited bases from British Columbia to Germany, and as far north as Edmonton, and has plans to visit Inuvik.
He has conducted seventeen Confirmation Services, confirming one hundred and twenty adults and children. Archbishop Seaborn said that many Anglicans relate to parish churches in the larger centres, while others prefer to be involved with the Chapel Fellowship, whether there is a conveniently located parish church or not.
He expressed the hope that Chaplains would make their presence in a diocese known to the Bishops, and that the Bishops would welcome them into the life of the Diocese.
The booklet, "Anglican Chaplains to the Canadian Forces - Guidelines for Ministry" was distributed and reviewed by Archbishop Seaborn.
Archbishop Seaborn requested the Bishops to inform him when they take Confirmations at military bases in order that he may record accurate statistics.
That Archbishop Seaborn be commended for the great contribution he is making to the life and work of the Church as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. CARRIED #3-11-81
It was recognized that the re-orientation of chaplains to parish life is sometimes difficult, and agreed that they must be given every help and assistance in making the transition.